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“The Sound of Freedom” Is a Surprise Success at the Box Office

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The Sound of Freedom, a film about human trafficking, has exceeded expectations and is making waves in the summer movie market. Released earlier this month, the movie is based on the real-life experiences of Timothy Ballard, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and founder of Operation Underground Railroad. Ballard is played by Jim Caviezel, who embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue children enslaved by human traffickers in Columbia. 

The film was not expected to succeed as it had a lower production budget and is geared toward a largely Christian audience. On its first day of release, it grossed around $14 million. This number has only continued to grow, grossing over $85 million. 

This movie has quickly become a fan favorite. It has a rare and impressive 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The Sound of Freedom touches the heart of viewers and calls them to action to make a change. At the end of the movie, there is a short clip inviting the audience to pay it forward by donating a ticket so someone else can watch the film. They had a goal of reaching 2 million donated tickets, but they have now reached over 8 million tickets. You can get tickets here.

Despite the success the film has seen, there has also been much criticism. Ballard and Caviezel have both been under great scrutiny for their right-wing political beliefs. There have also been criticisms from other anti-trafficking groups that the film is a sensationalized and inaccurate representation of human trafficking. Rolling Stones stated, “It is a concern among some anti-trafficking experts that the movie will add oxygen to a discourse that detracts from a real, and very serious, problem, even if those moved by the film have the noblest of intentions.”

The most important part of this conversation is the victims and they should be the focus. There are currently more people in slavery today than at any other point in history, even when slavery was legal. The Sound of Freedom is hopefully opening the door to more conversation about human trafficking. Learn more about how you can help at the Polaris Project, which runs the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline amongst a host of other resources. 

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Hannah Hall
Hannah Hall
Hannah Hall is a student at Utah State University, studying Human Experience Design and Interaction. She loves music, reading, hiking, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family.

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